Sep 5, 2009

A Decade in Cinema: 2003

And they are:


2Fast 2Furious
American Wedding
Anger Management
Bad Santa
Big Fish
Bringing Down the House
Bruce Almighty
The Cat in the Hat
Cheaper by the Dozen
Daddy Day Care
Darkness Falls
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
Duplex
Elf
Finding Nemo
Freaky Friday
The Haunted Mansion
Holes
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
The Hulk
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lost in Translation
Malibu's Most Wanted
A Man Apart
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
A Mighty Wind
Mystic River
Old School
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Rundown
Scary Movie 3
School of Rock
Secondhand Lions
Stuck on You
S.W.A.T.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Thirteen
Timeline
What a Girl Wants
X2: X-Men United

And the stand-outs are:
1. Anger Management - Easily the most underrated Adam Sandler comedy. It shows Sandler more restrained in a more tight plot line that involves him facing anger management under a psychotic Jack Nicholson. The two play off each other so well and make anger funny again.
2. Bad Santa - Arguably the most vulgar, funny Christmas movie ever about a mall Santa (the concept alone I love) who plans to rob the mall. While it's type casting Billy Bob Thorton, it's him doing it at his best.
3. Elf - On the opposite end of "Bad Santa" is Will Ferrell proving he can do family movies that adults will like.
4. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 - Easily my favorite movie of the decade due to artistic direction and look that has probably inspired me to be as creative as I can be.
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - The most epic trilogy in movie history finishes on a strong note and proves it by sweeping the Oscars.
6. Lost in Translation - An awkward little Bill Murray movie that arguably is one of the best fish out of water romance stories to come out this decade.
7. Thirteen - A drama that embodies the dark side to peer pressure done so perfectly that it still has an undermining truth that should haunt any parent with a teenager.

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